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Wednesday, October 12, 2005

The New New New Iraq Constitution Draft

Maybe third time's a charm... Or is it the fourth? Fifth?
The speaker of Iraq's parliament said Wednesday that lawmakers had approved a last-minute compromise on the draft constitution aimed at gaining Sunni support just days before a nationwide referendum. [...] The lawmakers gathered for about an hour at a special session of the National Assembly to hear a set of amendments to the constitution that are at the heart of the compromise, which was reached Tuesday night. The session, attended by 157 of the body's 275 members, ended without a vote on the measure. Parliament speaker Hajim al-Hassani said a vote was not necessary and that the amendments were approved. [...] Earlier in the day, Iraq's president, prime minister and other leaders praised the compromise, reached after marathon talks between Shiite, Sunni and Kurdish negotiators.

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